ITALY

Jamaica Gleaner - - FOOD - Nashauna.lalah@glean­erjm.com

The evening’s aper­i­tif – Banfi’s Cu­vee Aurora Brut. sub­tle con­trast­ing ef­fect.

Scotch bon­net spicy co­conut and lemon­grass soup made with chicken and lime dumplings was served next, with a 2015 Fon­tanelle Chardon­nay. It was aro­matic (the po­tent lemon­grass work­ing its fra­grant magic) and divine. It packed a punch in the flavour de­part­ment and was an in­stant favourite.

The seafood lin­guine pa­pil­lote, with saf­fron and cof­fee essence, was as in­ter­est­ing as it was tasty. Made and served in what looked like a sealed pa­per box (to re­tain all the flavours), the ea­ger din­ers lit­er­ally tore into the dish. With deca­dent morsels of lob­ster and shrimp, it paired per­fectly with a bold 2012 Chi­anti Clas­sico Ris­erva.

Wild sal­mon, black olives, chay­ote stuffed into squash

blos­som was next up. It was a well-pre­sented cre­ation, paired with the 2011 Las Lus Al­barossa.

Then it was time for the sad­dle of lamb, egg­plant. This was served with pecorino cheeses­tuffed puff pas­try and pars­ley. The chefs flexed their mus­cles on this one and the taste buds were happy ben­e­fi­cia­ries. With this, din­ers en­joyed a 2011 Brunello Di Mon­tal­cino.

For dessert, there was choco­late ganache with tan­ger­ine ice cream made and served with Ja­maican pep­per and rum. A 2012 Florus, Moscadello Di Mon­tal­cino Late Har­vest made the per­fect pair.

Petit fours and hot cof­fee brought the de­lec­ta­ble jour­ney to an end.

Sa­pori d’Italia proved to be more than a taste of Italy. It was a lesson in culi­nary and cultural fu­sion like no other.

Ital­ian chef Gio­vanni Ciresa hold­ing the veal and av­o­cado mille­feuille.

PHO­TOS BY ASH­LEY AN­GUIN

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